The Climate Reality Project

Africa Branch FAQ’s

So you’re a newly trained Climate Reality Leader – congratulations! We are sure you have some burning questions following the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training, so we have detailed some of the most frequently asked questions, and their answers, to help you get started.

FAQ: How can I start a chapter in Africa?

Chapters vs. Branches

● Due to a variety of constraints we cannot license chapters outside of the United States at this time.
● If you spend significant time in the US and would like to join a chapter, email chapters@climatereality.com
● The African Branch of Climate Reality is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and supports the activities of Climate Reality Leaders in all 54 African countries. The Branch supports and works with designated volunteer Regional Coordinators in East, West, and Southern-Central Africa, that organise local Climate Reality Leader activities and days of action.
● Email yasmine.luhandjula.za@climatereality.com for support and to get involved in the Africa Branch’s campaigns if you are based in any African country.

FAQ: What Support does a Branch Provide?

● The Climate Reality Project’s global branches are your first line of engagement in your country or region.
● They can connect you with other Climate Reality Leaders, designated volunteer Regional Coordinators and Country Leaders, help publicise your work, and help you find partners for giving presentations and performing other Acts of Leadership.
● Some branches are equipped to provide guidance on policy, grassroots organizing, education, civic engagement, and more.
● The African Branch of Climate Reality is particularly equipped to:
o Provide guidance on climate change policy and government lobbying;
o Provide support for civic, community, and youth engagement and mobilisation;
o Plan Days of Action for Climate Reality Leader participation;
o Lead climate action campaigns and provide resource and action materials on fossil fuel finance exclusion and divestment, forest protection, restoration and management as carbon sinks, increased ambition on removing single-use plastics from our environment, and increasing public participation in environmental governance;
o Publicize your events and actions through your social media as well as the branch’s social media, website, and newsletters.

FAQ: How Can I Get Involved in Branch Programmes?

Most Climate Reality branches have developed separate programs that need the help of Climate Reality Leaders – and offer opportunity for impact.

The Africa Branch of the Climate Reality Project has the following projects and campaigns running over the course of 2020, which you are encouraged to support and get involved in.

These include:

1. The #BeatPlasticPollution campaign aims to mobilise and inspire Climate Reality Leaders across Africa to take action and raise awareness of the impacts of single-use plastic and sustainable alternatives. Join us in taking action for a plastic-free future! We compiled the #PlasticFreeJuly action toolkit with links to the Coca-Cola petition, sample social media posts and graphics, and template letters for contacting and lobbying influencers. You will be able to continue using the resources and activities listed in the toolkit and after #PlasticFreeJuly has ended. In the coming months, we will be looking for 10 individuals in at least 10 African countries to #LeadonClimate by hosting a presentation on plastic pollution (live or virtually depending on COVID-19 measures in your country) and where possible, a cleanup or plogging drive.

2. Zero Emissions | Omissions aims to amplify the call for a fossil free, low-carbon development future for Africa by engaging with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to publicly commit to 100% renewable energy investments, increase transparency policies on investments, and publish a fossil fuel finance exclusion policy. This is a coalition campaign with 48+ partners, and involves engaging representatives of the AfDB through meetings, formal letters, and outreach for collecting petition signatures. Join us in taking action for a fossil-free future! Use the Zero Emissions|Omissions digital action toolkit to sign and share the petition, and send the letter calling for a fossil fuel finance exclusion policy directly to the AfDB.

3. Sink Our CO2 is the campaign aimed at creating awareness around forest management, restoration, and protection as carbon sinks, and inspiring people to plant and protect trees. Use the digital action toolkit to get started with your actions by signing and sharing the petition to save the Congo Basin Peatlands from oil exploration, and use our exclusive Forest Factsheets and Slide Deck to spread the word about Africa’s forests in your community and networks. In September 2020, the African Branch of Climate Reality will be launching an extensive report on Africa’s forests, where we encourage Climate Reality Leaders to support by contributing to a series of presentations across Africa, and where possible, tree plantings too.

Connect with your Regional Coordinator or Yasmine Luhandjula to stay up to date on activities and events, and keep an eye on our website where we continuously encourage and provide resources for Climate Reality Leaders’ engagement with and participation in each of the campaigns.

FAQ: Does The Climate Reality Project Provide Funding?

I have a project idea – can Climate Reality fund it?

That depends! A few branches have secured separate funds for small grants in the past. Your branch will announce through email and other communications if and when such funds have been secured.

The Africa branch has designated funds to support the above identified campaigns and activities. The three volunteer Regional Coordinators receive a small stipend to support collective Climate Reality Leader days of action. Should you have actions and activities that are related to our campaigns, we encourage you to contact your Regional Coordinator for support and guidance.

East Africa – David Sempala: sempala@royalwaymedia.com 
Southern-Central Africa – Akufuna Muyunda: frankakuz@gmail.com
West Africa – Gloria Kasang Bulus: gloriakas@gmail.com

FAQ: I / My Initiative Want to Partner with Climate Reality

The Climate Reality Project takes its partnerships as a responsibility to maintain strategic programmatic connections and follow through on shared initiatives. We are therefore very selective in who we choose to partner with and for which programs and will partner with select organizations when we know we will have the capacity to fulfill our responsibility. We do not lend our logo to programs and initiatives for which we will not have the capacity to take part as an active partner.

Write to yasmine.luhandjula.za@climatereality.com to inquire about partnering with a branch office, or partners@climatereality.com for the global organization.

Requests for Al Gore

Climate Reality receives many requests for our Founder and Chairman Al Gore, and can fulfil very few of them. Please speak with the branch office first to determine the feasibility of your request.

Reality Hub Questions and Password Resets

Please write to support@climatereality.com with questions related to the Reality Hub platform.

FAQ: I Have a Question for the Global Team, Can You Put Me in Touch?

Our branch offices are specially equipped to work with Climate Reality Leaders on issues germane to their country or region. However, we recognize that some questions and issues are global in nature. Please write to your branch first at africa@climatereality.com to determine who is best suited to answer your question, and the branch office can connect you with the relevant contact at Climate Reality’s Headquarters.

FAQ: When is 24 Hours of Reality? Is it Still a Television/Online Broadcast?

One of The Climate Reality Project’s flagship programs, 24 Hours of Reality, was a 24-hour broadcast all about the climate crisis and its solutions. In 2019 Climate Reality took a more action-oriented approach with 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action, a 24-hour day of presentations around the world where over 2,000 Climate Reality Leaders gave presentations and over 18,000 trees were planted – one for every person who attended a presentation and registered using an online form.

Stay tuned for more information about 24 Hours of Reality in 2020.

FAQ: Can I Attend COP26 or Other International Meetings as a Member of Climate Reality’s Delegation?

The UNFCCC and other intergovernmental organizations use a quota system for delegation accreditations, and The Climate Reality Project generally receives only a few accreditations which we use for staff and close partners only.

FAQ: What is Climate Reality’s Stance on…

Most of The Climate Reality Project’s technology, science, and policy stances were spawned by our Founder and Chairman Al Gore’s book Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. However, since it has been over a decade since publication, some of those stances have been updated. We are currently working to synthesize those stances in an educational resource for Reality Hub. Please keep an eye out for updates.

In the meantime, if it is imperative for your presentations or partnerships to know an official stance, please write to support@climatereality.com if you are a trained Climate Reality Leader, and info@climatereality.com if you are not, and your email will be routed to the correct department.

FAQ: How Do I Become a National/ Regional/ Thematic Coordinator for my Branch, and How Do I Contact My Coordinator?

Each branch that has established a coordinator system has its own method of selecting coordinators.

The Africa Branch has three volunteer Regional Coordinators. At the beginning of 2020, the Branch sent a call for applications to all African Climate Reality Leaders for the volunteer Regional Coordinator positions. From the applications we received, there was a comprehensive selection process, including: submission of proposals, motivation letters, CV, and interviews for the top candidates for each region. Every region will also be supported by volunteer country leaders. Further information will be provided once these have been selected.

Regional Coordinator’s contact details:
East Africa – David Sempala: sempala@royalwaymedia.com 
Southern-Central Africa – Akufuna Muyunda: frankakuz@gmail.com
West Africa – Gloria Kasang Bulus: gloriakas@gmail.com